Australia’s back-row David Pocock has invited “legend” David Attenborough to Saturday’s World Cup final against New Zealand at Twickenham.
While many of his Wallabies team-mates unwound after Sunday’s semi-final victory over Argentina by riding Segways, the Zimbabwe-born Pocock tuned into a wildlife documentary.
Pocock, one of the World Cup’s standout performers, averaging over three turnovers each match, is a climate-change activist and during the tournament he has used his Twitter account to highlight the plight of rhinos in Africa.
Having been instrumental in Australia securing a record-equalling fourth appearance in the final, Pocock insists the occasion would be complete if Attenborough could able to attend.
“I’m a big fan of wildlife programmes, particularly those by David Attenborough. He’s a big hero of mine,” Pocock said. “On Sunday for post-game recovery I put on a couple of Attenborough episodes and put my feet up.
“I was rewatching his Africa series. If he wants to come to the final I’m sure we could organise some tickets. He’s a legend.”
Nearly 48 hours after the final whistle Pocock still bore the marks of a heavyweight collision with Argentina, heavy bruising surrounding both eyes, his nose disfigured by a large bump and strapping covering several fingers on his right hand.